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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-25

Laws, Parks, Reserves, and Local Peoples: A Brief Historical Analysis of Conservation Legislation in Mozambique

School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

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Anselmo Matusse
School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
South Africa
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/cs.cs_17_40

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This article uses a short historical study of Mozambican conservation legislation to show how local knowledges have been systematically disenfranchised from legislation since colonial period through a discourse analysis of conservation legal documents including constitutions. This study shows that the country has favoured modernity as a framework to deal with nature conservation which clashed in complex ways with local modes of living. Hence the article uses James Scott's concept of 'high-modern ideology' to trace continuities and changes in local knowledges and people marginalisation because of conservation legislation since the colonial period to the present. The article shows that, more market-based approaches to nature conservation are currently being promoted by the state and international donors and organisations; this in turn could lead to local communities treating nature as a commodity.

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